Frankincense - Boswellia carteri

Considered sacred and precious since ancient times, has a warm, rich woody fragrance.  Used for centuries, and burnt on alters and in temples. "Creates a 'spiritual' atmosphere". Comforting oil, by slowing down breathing and controlling tension it helps to focus the mind. Excellent for toning and caring for mature/aging skin. (claimed to have rejuvenating qualities [the Egyptians used it in rejuvenation face-masks.)

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County of Origin Somalia
Botanical Family Burserceae
Therapeutic Properties Analgesic, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, anti-spasmodic, anti-viral, immuno-stimulant, sedative
Chemical Family Monoterpenes
Approx. Shelf Life 3 years
Plant Parts Resin
Note Classification Base
Method of Extraction Steam Distilled
Blends well with Basil, Black pepper, Galbanum, Geranium, Grapefruit, Lavender, Orange, Patchouli, Sandalwood

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History:  The resin is known as olibanum, derived from the Arabical-lubān or 'that which results from milking', referring to the milky sap. It is used as incense, and has been traded for 5,000 years. Widely used in ancient Egypt, it was one of the ingredients used in the holy oil described in the Talmud. Frankincense was brought back to Europe by Frankish Crusaders (Frank-incense), and the oil is still highly prized today in the perfumery industry.

Characteristics: A base note with a medium aroma, Frankincense Essential Oil has a warm and spicy, woody odour, sometimes with a hint of citrus.

Clinical Studies:

Indications: Used to calm, relax, promote sleep; vapors open sinus and breathing passages, uplifts moods, brings out feelings, helps meditation, reduces inflammation, soothes and heals inflamed skin, bruises and burns. Use with asthma especially if there is underlying associatations with nervousness.

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Subtle Aromatherapy:

Mode of Administration: Aroma lamp, bath, diffuser, inhaler, light bulb ring, lotion, massage, mist spray, steam inhalation.

Safety: Dilute before use; for external use only. May cause skin irritation in some individuals; a skin test is recommended prior to use. Contact with eyes should be avoided.

 

References:
Battaglia, S.  The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy. The International Centre of Holistic Aromatherapy, Australia, 2005
Tisserand R. Young R.  Essential Oil Safety, second edition.  Churchhill Livingstone, UK, 2013
Sheppard-Hanger S. The Aromatherapy Practitioner Reference Manual.  Atlantic Institute of Aromatherapy, USA, 2000
Caddy R. Essential Oils in Colour.  Amberwood Publishing, UK, 2005
Lawless J. The encyclopaedia of Essential Oils.  Element Books Limited, GB, 1992
Caddy R. the Essential Blending Guide.  Amberwood Publishing, UK, 2007
Weaver W.W. Sauer’s Herbal Cures.  Routledge, UK, 2001
World Wide Web Encyclopeadia Britannica. USA, 2014
Photos attribution – istock Photos
Safety Considerations:
        Do not take essential oils internally.
        Do not apply to eyes, sensitive areas or mucous membranes.
        Do not apply undiluted to skin (for directions on proper dilution refer to an aromatherapy text).
        The information on this website is not intended to diagnose or prescribe.
        Pregnant women, nursing mothers and children should not use essential oils without first consulting a healthcare provider.
        The statements on this website have not been evaluated by the FDA.
        You should not use this information for treating a health problem or disease or to make a self-diagnosis.
        Contact your Health Care provider immediately if you suspect that you have a medical problem.
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    Frankincense - Boswellia carteri

    Frankincense - Boswellia carteri

    Considered sacred and precious since ancient times, has a warm, rich woody fragrance.  Used for centuries, and burnt on alters and in temples. "Creates a 'spiritual' atmosphere". Comforting oil, by slowing down breathing and controlling tension it helps to focus the mind. Excellent for toning and caring for mature/aging skin. (claimed to have rejuvenating qualities [the Egyptians used it in rejuvenation face-masks.)

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